Have you ever considered being a trustee, but didn't want to run an election campaign? This may be your chance! The OCDSB currently has a trustee vacancy and is seeking applications from interested candidates. This is an incredible opportunity for someone with a keen interest in public education to be a part of the decision making process. Applications must be received by January 31, 2020. All applicants will be interviewed at a public meeting of the Board on February 11th. The Board will then hold a vote to determine the successful candidate who will be sworn in on February 18, 2020.

Visit our website to learn more about the eligibility requirements, the application process and the role of a trustee. If you are interested, apply here . Signed applications must be received by January 31st, 2020 .

This vacancy comes as a result of the resignation of Erica Braunovan, Trustee for Somerset/Kitchissipi from December 1, 2014 to December 31, 2019. On Tuesday, January 28th the Board of Trustees will recognize Erica Braunovan for her service as a trustee. Please feel free to join us or watch our livestream broadcast of the Board meeting.
Important Information
This week the OCDSB advised parents that as a result of the current labour action, Term One Elementary Report Cards will not be issued to students in Kindergarten to Grade 8. 
This decision comes as a result of the strike action by the ETFO. Learn more .
OCDSB Free Speaker Series Event

Vaping -
What is it and How to Parent It
Thursday, February 6th, 2020
7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. 
Sir Robert Borden High School
131 Greenbank Road, Nepean

E-cigarette use (vaping) among Ottawa’s youth has surpassed tobacco use. This session, presented by Krista Oswald from Ottawa Public Health, will provide parents with facts on vaping, vape products, health effects and what we are seeing every day in schools.

Visit our website  for additional details.
This is the last weekend to complete the 2020-2021 School Year Calendar Survey . Topics include when the Winter Break take place, and if we should add two Board holidays.

The survey will close on Sunday, January 26th, 2020 .
If your child will be 4 years old before December 31st, 2020, then they are ready to start kindergarten in September 2020. Give your child the best possible start! Call or stop by your child’s new school to pick up a registration package, or  register online ! Have questions? Come out to our Information Nights .
Registration for the Winter 2020 Night School Session is now open until Friday, February 14th, 2020 .

Classes will run from February 20th to May 26th, 2020.
Reminders
As part of its Right to Read inquiry, the Ontario Human Rights Commission has launched a survey for students with reading disabilities and their parents and guardians.
Interested in becoming a School Bus Driver? A new   School Bus Driver Preparatory Course   has been developed by th e Ottawa Student Transportation Authority (OSTA) in response to a schools bus driver shortage in Ottawa.
Check out the interactive Continuing Education Newsletter   for December 2019/January 2020, and have a look at what's taking place this Winter.
To enhance our existing absence-check procedure, we have introduced a new student absence reporting system in select schools called  SchoolMessenger SafeArrival .
All students attending school in Ontario are required to be vaccinated against nine (9) diseases or have a valid exemption. Parents are required to report all immunizations done at the doctor's office to Ottawa Public Health . OPH has the authority to suspend students who have not provided a record of immunization from attending school. Learn more .
School Council Information
School Councils 101 – Taking Minutes

Here are some tips to help in taking minutes of your council meetings:
  • The minutes should have the names of the members who are present, the date and the time of the meeting, decisions taken, and the time the meeting was adjourned.
  • You don’t need to record verbatim every opinion communicated; just record the decisions or actions.
  • Minutes should include any advice provided to the District staff and the reply to such advice.
  • Feel free to interrupt if you need clarification on what was said.
  • Key documents reviewed at the meeting, such as a financial statement, should be summarized in the minutes or attached as an appendix.

After you finish transcribing your minutes, mark it as draft and share it with the Chair for approval and sharing with the rest of the members. Remember, your minutes should be retained on your website for the current school year, plus 5 years.


Additional School Council information can be found on our website .

Resources:
Board and Committee of the Whole Meetings
The next public Board meeting will be held on January 28th, 2020 , in the boardroom at 133 Greenbank Road at 7:30 p.m.

 Watch the meeting  live here .

Upcoming Committee Meetings: 

For a summary of our board meetings, read our Boardroom Newsbriefs here .
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